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Third Annual New Works Festival

Solo Flights

September 10 - 15, 2022

Solo Flights is an annual week-long developmental festival of one-person shows presented in the beginning stages of their making. Launched in 2019 the festival has brought a variety of diverse works and celebrated actors and directors to Theatre Aspen. Artists have included Beau Bridges, Kaye Winks, Sarah Stiles, Christine Quintana, Emma Ramos, Richard Greenberg, Lameece Issaq, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch and more!

 

 

In addition to the performances, Solo Flights features signature events including talkbacks, creative discussions & panels, and special receptions.

 

 

Thank you for making the third annual Solo Flights Festival a success – see you next summer!

NEW! The Solo Flights Project Advancement Fund

Beginning in 2022, Rachel and Rick Klausner have committed to funding a grant program, given to two Festival participants, in support of a future production of that work.
2022 grants will be for $10,000 each.  The two projects worthy of advancement will be chosen by a panel of industry leaders.

2022 SELECTION PANEL

Film Producer Isaac Klausner

The Washington Post’s Peter Marks

Writer/Director/Actor Regina Taylor

Tickets and Packages:

 

Single Tickets:

Standard: $35  |  Premium: $50

Passes:

Silver: 6 Tickets, $200  |  Platinum: 14 Tickets, $350

Use the tickets how you like — see every show or take your friends to one performance of your choice.

All pass holders will be invited to our Opening Night party on September 10th at 6pm.

All pass purchasers will receive a 20% off dinner gift card to the Limelight Aspen Hotel, expires 9/15/2022. Discount on food only.

About Each Solo Flight

 

Avaaz

Michael Shayan

Writer & Starring: Michael Shayan (Discovery+’s “The Book of Queer”)
Director: Moritz von Stuelpnagel

It’s Nowruz—the Iranian New Year—and who better to spend it with than our fabulous hostess, Roya? She’ll teach you how to celebrate in style. They say that on Nowruz, the souls of ancestors come alive and visit. Perhaps that’s what’s happening here tonight. Or maybe it’s just the strong Persian chai.

Low Expectations

Writer & Starring: Gotham Award nominee Michael Gaston (“Power”)
Director: Callaway Award winner Giovanna Sardelli (Animals Out of Paper)
Score/Guitar: Daniel Pearce

In 2009, Michael Gaston, an actor, was encouraged by his boss to write about his family. So, he did. Slowly. Thirteen years later, he produced two pieces, a monologue, and a short story, and wove them into a play. The monologue is all true. The short story is not. The true story starts with one relative’s Union Army service, then another’s immigration to America from Belfast during the Great Depression, then heads to Tulsa, Hollywood, New York City, and finishes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. The short story starts in Northern California and stays there. Both are about a lot of things, a whole lot of things, but, mostly, they’re about the measurable healing power of empathy, kindness, and love. With an original score written and performed live by Daniel Pearce, Gaston brings these stories together with Low Expectations.

More about Low Expectations with Michael Gaston

Malone Alone! A Special Solo Flights Concert

A Special Solo Flights Concert with Tony and Grammy Award® nominee Beth Malone, accompanied by David Dyer. With special guest Wesley Lodal and Jessica Vesey.

Join Tony and Grammy nominee Beth Malone for an evening of music including new material and some old favorites. It will be a musical happy hour for the ears!

Sally: A Solo Play

Written by Sandra Seaton (From The Diary of Sally Hemings)

Starring: Sabrina Sloan (Hamilton National Tours)
Director: Hannah Ryan (Theatre Aspen’s Gypsy)

Mistress, Common-law wife, or First Lady? Sally Hemings, the sister of Jefferson’s deceased wife Martha, demands that Jefferson, whose days are numbered, must keep his promise to free their children. In the solo play SALLY the stakes are high. Does Jefferson’s will soothe the grief, the memories held by blood kin, or does it revive old wounds and become a battleground?

More about Sally: A Solo Play with Sandra Seaton

Sidekicked

Written by Kim Powers
Director: Obie Award® winner Melia Bensussen (The Turn of the Screw Off-Broadway)
Starring: Johanna Day

It’s Friday night, March 2, 1960, and the very final episode of The Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour is about to film. And after years of playing Ethel Mertz, America’s favorite sidekick, Vivian Vance has a lot to get off her chest. Does she stay on to do the Fred and Ethel spin-off Desi Arnaz wants her to do – or does she abandon everything that’s made her rich and famous and try to find herself, before it’s too late?

More about Sidekicked with Kim Powers

Sparrows at the Bar

Writer: Mike DiSalvo (Broadway’s Twelve Angry Men)
Starring: Two-time Tony Award® winner James Naughton (Broadway’s Chicago)
Director: Lucille Lortel Award winner Joe Calarco (Shakespeare’s R&J)

McCreary telling the story of his life, his love, and the unexpected shot at redemption he finds in a rural pub in Ireland. Over the course of the evening we’ll hear how Frank got into the newspaper game, how he covered City Hall for the New York Post, how he met, left, met again, and ultimately lost the love of his life, and how his search for peace led him to this particular seat in this particular bar. His story takes us from Baltimore, to New York, to Donegal, Ireland. Guinness is poured, and spirits are consumed.

More about Sparrows at the Bar with Mike DiSalvo

Theatre Aspen’s Solo Flights Festival is presented in part by

Rachel and Rick Klausner
Nancy Wall and Chuck Wall
Karen Brooks | The Susan and Jon Diamond Philanthropic Fund
Maja and Nicolas DuBrul

Interested in underwriting Solo Flights? Contact Lexi Minchow at  lexi@theatreaspen.org.